WINNIPEG - She’s not quite ready to call it quits on a Hall of Fame speedskating career.
But six-time Olympic medalist Cindy Klassen of Winnipeg is dipping one blade into the real world, taking a year off to decide what’s next.
“I just figured I want to be 100% sure before I actually decide if I want to retire,” Klassen said from Calgary, Tuesday.
Klassen will focus on finishing her psychology degree at the University of Calgary before re-evaluating her future.
The 33-year-old says the time off will allow a few injuries to heal, but acknowledges it wouldn’t be easy to come back after that long a layoff from training.
“It would probably be pretty hard,” she said. “But I’ve got so many years behind me, there’s a base there. And I like challenges.”
Klassen took part in three Olympic Games, winning her first medal, a bronze, at Salt Lake City, in 2002.